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horse and cart is one thing, a four legged equine pulling a device with 2 or 4 wheels

'carte blanche' is a French term meaning 'unlimited discretionary power to act'.

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Carte blanche or its Spanish language variant, carta blanca may refer to: Carte blanche, a French phrase, meaning "unlimited discretionary power to act; ...

There is however a strange reference here to an Elton John song. I am British and old and I have never heard the expression.


According to this page, http://www.axs.com/elton-rewind-don-t-go-breaking-my-heart-with-kiki-dee-1976-21620
The song was penned by Elton and his lyricist Bernie Taupin, though under pen names: Bernie was Ann Orson and Elton was Carte Blanch, a play on both the British phrase "a horse and cart, blanche" and the Carte Blanche credit card that was popular in the '60s and '70s.

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